Reasons Why You Should Love Your Home

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Your house isn’t just your home, but a piece of who you are. There will always be areas of your home you would like to improve or change, but instead of focusing on the things we don’t like, we should look at the things we love about our home. Think about what made you first fall in love with your house in the first place. The Size of Your Home Whether your home is big or small, appreciate it for what it’s worth. If your home is spacious, rearrange some of the furniture to refresh the space. If your home is small, get creative with storage solutions by deciding what items can be stowed away and what should be put out on display. Built-in storage and dual functional furniture are great options for both function and usability. Community If you’ve lived in your community for awhile you are likely familiar with all the best restaurants, parks and recreation centers around your neighborhood, and you may have even made a few friends. These are the elements you should embrace your community and it’s nice to be reminded why you chose to live in an area that drew you in in the…

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Stage It Up

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Selling a house can be a pretty daunting and time-consuming job if it’s not done correctly. Once you decide to put your house on the market, you will want it to sell it fast and at top dollar. To do so, you will need to stage your home or change the look of your home from your usual day-to-day life to best capture the buyer’s eye. With a few tips, you can be your own professional home stager and sell your house like hot cakes. Let there be light: One element that can make or break a sale is lighting. A house at a perfect location with a lot of square footage may not take off if there isn’t enough natural lighting in the house. Remove any heavy drapes, clean the windows and let the sunlight flow through to every corner of the house. For color and ambiance, consider replacing the drapes with sheer flowy curtains, which also adds a touch of style.    Clear the clutter: If you have a family or even if it’s just you living in a home, there is usually going to be a little bit of clutter on the counters in the kitchen, bathrooms,…

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Budgeting for a Home is Easier Than You Think

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Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases in a person’s life; after all, buying a home isn’t the same as buying a car. It can be overwhelming to think about all the money you need to save for the down and monthly payments, but with a good strategy in place, you’ll be able to save up and purchase a home in due time. Budgeting can be a tricky thing. Not only do you need to be organized, but you need to make decisions on how much to spend and allocate to your savings account on a consistent basis. Once you figure out how much you can put away and how much you can spend, things will handle itself. Here are some helpful tips. Add Up Your Income Learn how much you can spend by figuring out how much money you are bringing in. Add up every source of income you receive each month and once you have that figured out, you will want to make a list of all your expenses. How Much to Allocate 50% of your total monthly income should go into living expenses and essentials. This includes rent, utilities, transportation or gas, and necessary groceries…

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Sweet Treats for a Delicious Open House Around Valentine’s Day

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A home with curb appeal will attract buyers to an open house, but it doesn’t hurt to have some great food as well. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so why not add some holiday treats to your upcoming open house. Some real estate professionals will go all out and host open houses with catered spreads, but we think a few homemade appetizers and treats arranged on some elegant plates can do the job. These easy recipes and ideas will help you serve up a successful showing. Next time you are hosting an open house, consider some of these snack ideas for your buyers. Keep in mind that your buyers will be walking and browsing throughout the home, so try and stick with finger foods and other small appetizers. Wonton Quesadillas It’s always nice to have a mix of savory and sweet appetizers laying around the table. Mix in some mini quesadillas from tbsp. to set the table. Instead of using tortillas, use wonton wrappers to prepare a classic snack with a fusion twist. Add some Pink Himalayan salt on top for an extra touch. Heart Cookie Pops Everyone enjoys a classic cookie, but when it’s in the shape of…

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Kitchen Goals

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Kitchens are one of the most important rooms in a home and they have always served as a popular space for people to gather and enjoy homecooked meals. We love a good kitchen and collected a few of our favorites from our current listings.  Get ready to be inspired by these contemporary and traditional designs! Spaciously Clean  We are obsessed with the overall clean and modern look of this kitchen. Bold and airy with plenty of counter space and natural lighting, this kitchen opens up into the dining room and is perfect for entertaining guests. The island is placed perfectly within the space to accommodate guests and functionality. We also love the simplicity of the kitchen and cabinetry. Bold & Beautiful The bold feel of this kitchen is sophisticated and stylish, with the island adding the perfect complementary touch. The warm hues and backsplash harmonize with the entire room. This is truly a unique kitchen that stands out on its own. Classic Glam This bright and gorgeous kitchen offers the perfect mix of color and classic appeal.  The oversized island, beautiful quartz counters, and cabinetry make this kitchen unique and classy, while the white cabinets and warm hues counterbalance each…

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Get Your Home Ready for Super Bowl Sunday

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Super Bowl is around the corner and fans are getting ready for friends and family to come over to root for their favorite team. As important as it is to have the right snacks and right television, you need to ensure your home is ready for the big event. Preparing for the Super Bowl doesn’t have to be stressful and in fact, the preparation can be fun for you and your home. Here are some tips to get your home ready for all the touchdowns. Provide the Right Refreshments Super Bowl parties have the usual finger foods and drink selection staples so consider whipping up something more than just nachos and wings. Tap into your creativity and make some fun appetizers and snacks for your guests to enjoy. Display the food and drinks on different plates and trays for easy access. Don’t Forget About the Other Rooms Although most of your guests will be comfortably seated in front of the television, there will be guests who prefer to hang out in the kitchen or in other areas of your home. Set up entertaining spaces outside and inside for guests to lounge, or consider supplying music or a separate television and…

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3 Dreamy Bathrooms

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Bathrooms are one of the main necessities in our home. We use it every morning and night before we go to sleep. A comfortable and well-designed bathroom makes each day more enjoyable and prepares us for a new day. The bathroom is never just a bathroom, but a place for relaxation and serenity. We collected a few of our favorite bathrooms from our current listings, bathrooms we would want at home. Because having a bathroom we love can make all the difference. 1. Bright and Minimal Everyone loves a clean bright bathroom. This stylish yet functional bathroom is designed with eye-catching marble and clean lines. This bathroom has an open layout and has plenty of room for storage and counter space. Talk about bathroom goals. 2. Calming and Contemporary This bathroom strives for an ultra-modem space with a focus on relaxation. The natural wood accents to the medium toned walls have an immediate tranquil effect. The simplistic design brings dimension to the space, yet brings in an artistic design to the entire bathroom. 3. Classic and Simplistic Something about this design is refreshing. The refined bathroom brings in a classic bathroom feel with a splash of color. The openness of…

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Why Hiring a Real Estate Professional is a Good Idea

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Selling a home is no easy task. If you’ve ever sold a home, you know it takes dedication and most importantly, money. You may need to freshen and fix up your home to attract buyers. Then you have to consider closing costs and your overall moving expenses. Many sellers decide to sell solo in an effort to save money on real estate agent commission. But is it worth it? Since your home is one of the biggest investments, you want to get the most out of it. Going solo can leave even more money on the table by opting out of a pro. Working with a professional real estate agent is one of the best ways to make the most money in the shortest time when selling your home. Here are some reasons why. 1. Having a Real Estate Professional Can Save You Time: Selling a home takes time. It requires constant upkeep, uploading photos on multiple channels, dealing with prospective buyers, inspectors, appraisers and etc. Next, you would need to screen each buyer to see if they qualify. Real estate agents know who to call and what to look for and can streamline the process more efficiently and effectively….

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8 Storage Spaces You’re Overlooking at Home

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Whether your home is big or small, your home is filled with missed storage opportunities. Feeling more organized and getting rid of clutter around the home will inspire not only a fresh but organized and inspired life in 2017. If your home is spacious and organized, your sanity will be as well. Utilize all the spaces around your home and be refreshed. Discover the 8 prime places you might be overlooking. Some of these might amaze you. 1. The Laundry Room: hang shelves above the washer and dryer to capture missed space. Here you can incorporate baskets with labels or apothecary jars to hold detergent, softener, socks and any other items. Having an organized room will make laundry day that much better. 2. The Kitchen: When storing your bulky pots and pans, organize them in a file (stacked on the side) vs. keeping them faced up. This will help open up space for other utensils and allow you to see everything. If you have an island in your kitchen, you could turn your basic island into storage central. Hang up a peg board on the back side of your island and allow yourself to hang not only pans but key…

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New Home for 2017?

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The new year is a time to achieve goals and plan for the rest of the year. If buying a home is on your mind, then it’s time to start planning appropriately. Buying a home is a big decision and 2017 may just be the year to take the plunge. Buying a home is never an easy task, there are so many factors to consider and tackle. Even if you plan to buy for the summer, it’s always good to start early. January is the perfect time to start the hunt and prepare for the big purchase. Here are some helpful tips to consider: 1. How Much Can You Afford? Before you find a home and find an agent, it’s important to know how much you can afford. Lenders generally recommend that you look for homes that cost no more than three to five times your annual household income if you make a 20% down payment and have a moderate amount of other debt. This will help ensure how much house you can afford 2. Get Prequalifies and Preapproved To get prequalified you just need to provide some financial information to your mortgage bankers such as your income and the…

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